- President Muhammadu Buhari warns the Gabonese military to respect the constitution of their country
- Buhari notes that the era coups is long gone and thus cannot be supported
- Buhari, who is the chairman of ECOWA, urges any military officer with political ambition to resign and face his dream
The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, January 8, sent a warning to the Gabonese military asking them to respect democracy and constitutional provisions in the oil-rich nation because this is no longer the era of coups.
Buhari’s reaction followed reports of attempted military takeover in Gabon.
“The military officers in Gabon should understand that the era of military coups and governments in Africa and indeed worldwide, is long gone.
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“Democracy is supreme and the constitutional stipulations on the peaceful change of administration must be respected.
“That is the only way we can ensure peace and stability not only within the country but also in the region,” Buhari, who is the chairman of ECOWAS, said in a statement released by Garba Shehu.
The Nigerian leader urged military officers with political ambitions to resign or face their constitutional role.
The president also enjoins the people of Gabon to remain on the side of peace, security, stability and democracy in their country.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that a Gabonese government spokesman stated that the political situation in Gabon is "under control", following an attempted military coup.
According to BBC, authorities have arrested all five of the rebels who tried to take control of the government on Monday morning, January 7, as President Ali Bongo recovered from a stroke in Morocco.
It was learnt that Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon said a New Year’s eve address by Bongo “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office."
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